Litchfield, New England
At a Glance
A lovingly restored Arts & Crafts house originally designed by one of the US most prominent architects
Soak up the serenity of the Litchfield Hills
Equidistant between New York & Boston, 3-hours drive
A comfortable base from which to explore some of New England's prettiest villages and cultural highlights
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Rock Hall or take a look at our itineraries to New England
The charm of Rock Hall is all about attention to detail, and your wonderfully friendly hosts, the Somers who go out of their way to ensure each and every guest has a fantastic stay.
Rock Hall was originally purchased by the Somers as a weekend retreat from New York having fallen in love with the unique Addison Mizner designed Arts & Crafts house and its stunning location. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places Stella meticulously restored Rock Hall to reflect its turn of the century heritage and has created a unique New England Bed & Breakfast.
Each of the five charming guestrooms, or chambers are individually decorated with hand painted wallpaper, antiques from around the world, deep mattresses and beautiful linens with no expense spared to ensure a restful stay. Some have working fireplaces, others balconies to take in the views over the gardens or pool and all have modern amenities such as flat screen televisions and wi-fi internet access.
The joy of Rock Hall is that guests can be as relaxed or active they choose and we recommend at least a few nights to enjoy it to its full. The lagoon-style pool overlooking the valley is a key draw, as is the tennis court, walking trails around the gardens and forest (this is a great place for birders and keen gardeners). There is a card room and cosy areas to sit back and relax with a good book and glass of wine. Massages and treatments can be arranged in the small relaxation room or in-room, there is an exercise room with antique rowing machine as well as a billiard room and games room.
Rock Hall is just a few miles from the beautiful Algonquin State Park and Charles Arnold Recreation Area with its lakes, reservoirs, mountains and waterfalls with opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, rafting, skiing, spelunking, outdoor ropes courses and zip lines.
The Litchfield Hills & Southern Berkshires are also awash with culture. Norfolk, the neighboring village hosts an annual summer Chamber Music Festival and in Colebrook you find Connecticut's equivalent of Glyndebourne with opera at Infinity Hall. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, Tanglewood and the dance festival Jacob's Pillow are in nearby Lenox.
Breakfast, which is served in the formal dining room is a feast, from Michael's home-smoked fish and gravadlax, to fresh fruits and yogurt, daily frittatas and locally produced cheese, breads and cakes. Lunch is usually by the pool with a nod to the Mediterranean - a refreshing bowl of gazpacho or vichyssoise, with fresh fruit or salad. Rock Hall is a B&B rather than full service hotel with a restaurant, however there are plenty of restaurants in the surrounding region, as close as Colebrook and Norfolk just a few miles away or further afield in Litchfield or Lenox, some of New England's prettiest villages.
Rock Hall has five spacious guest rooms or 'chambers' which have been exquisitely decorated to reflect the house's Arts & Crafts heritage with hand-painted wallpapers, antiques and in Chamber 2 an original Victorian 'power' shower. The rooms have views of either the gardens, forest or swimming pool. Some rooms feature a queen bed, others a king bed but they all have luxurious bedding to ensure a restful night's sleep as well as en-suite bathrooms, wifi and flat screen TVs. Four of the rooms have cosy fireplaces and two have balconies with lovely views of the surroundings.
Four-poster king bed
Location & Directions
Litchfield, New England
Rock Hall is located in Colebrook Connecticut, surrounded by the beautiful rolling Litchfield Hills and the lush forests of the Southern Berkshires and within easy driving of charming New England villages.
When to go
Fall is Litchfield's most glorious season, though spring and summer are pleasant as well. Weather usually remains warm throughout September, while cooler temperatures in October bring out the colorful foliage. Winter lasts too long for most people's tastes, stretching from December to April. During this period, visitors can expect temperatures below freezing and plenty of snow.